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Cladina sp

Cladina sp
I''m on vacation, so please accept my apologies for the brief entries. -- Daniel I''m not sure of the identity of this one, but I suspect Cladina rangiferina, or reindeer moss (though it''s really a lichen). This was growing at ~850m (2800ft) in elevation. It was a common sight in the White Pass area, although I must admit it does look a bit different when a macro lens is used (see other images of Cladina spp.)........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/22/2008 10:14:00 PM)


Turkey feathers

Turkey feathers
We’re always seeing feathers on the ground at Roundrock. Most of the feathers we find are from turkeys who are finished with them. I suspect that most of the other birds in our woods molt their feathers, but they tend to be smaller and more easily overlooked (though we do find some). But it’s generally turkey feathers we find We see turkeys most commonly in the spring and fall. This time of the year we tend to come upon them........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/22/2008 10:13:43 PM)


Pusan 08

Pusan 08
"There were fireworks over the Yachting Center on Thursday night as the 13th running of the Pusan Int''l Film Festival got underway in South Korea." A report from Patrick Frater and Marcus Lim for Variety, which, along with the Hollywood Reporter, has a special Pusan section up and running Fionnuala Halligan reviews the opening film for Screen Daily: "Rustem Abdrashev''s somewhat over-saccharined story of an orphaned exile in 1940s........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/9/2008 10:06:09 PM)


LG KP500- Yet another Affordable and Shiny Smartphone

LG KP500- Yet another Affordable and Shiny Smartphone
LG has recently announced an affordable yet stylish touch screen Smartphone known as the LG KP500. It is meant for people who wish to have a Smartphone but can't afford or don't prefer to pay heavy bucks to buy one Not much is known about the device but the LG KP500 will come with a 3 inch display, a 3 megapixel camera, motion sensor and it will be operated via a stylus. It will come in black, brown, silver and gold colors and it........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 10/6/2008 9:21:21 PM)


Good looking camera carry-all from Acme Made

Good looking camera carry-all from Acme Made
So this retro, bowling bag-style camera bag from Acme Made caught my eye at once. It''s designed for digital SLR users (although old-school non-digital SLRs will fit in just fine), and features a quilted satin lining and pockets for memory cards or other accessories. It''s made from high-quality polyurethane and the red version shown above will be available in November, with navy and black bags out by Christmas. They''re expected to cost just........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 10/6/2008 9:15:47 PM)


Financial risk-taking behavior and higher testosterone levels

Financial risk-taking behavior and higher testosterone levels
Higher levels of testosterone are correlated with financial risk-taking behavior, as per a new study in which men's testosterone levels were assessed before participation in an investment game. The findings help to shed light on the evolutionary function and biological origins of risk taking. The study was jointly led by Anna Dreber, of the Program in Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University and the Stockholm School of Economics, and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/29/2008 9:42:54 PM)


TrekStor Matches Two of My Passions - Data and Beer

TrekStor Matches Two of My Passions - Data and Beer
I am all for multi-function devices. I have a printer / scanner / copier, I carry a Swiss-Army knife, and own an iPhone. If I am going to plop money down for a gadget or gizmo, it better do more than one thing. TrekStor has heard my demands and answered with a combination bottle-opener / USB flash drive The TrekStor USB stick CO comes in a rugged (I hope) brushed aluminum casing and features a sturdy Guiness beverage opener. It features........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/16/2008 9:57:09 PM)


iWik- A useful Wikipedia App for your iPhone

iWik- A useful Wikipedia App for your iPhone
If you are an iPhone/iPhone 3G user and a big fan of Wikipedia, then the iWik application is the perfect application for you. The iWik application optimizes the Wikipedia content into iPhone friendly format for a complete Wikipedia experience. It also includes features like a search engine, an activity tracker, landscape viewer, page markers and many more It is available on Apple's App Store for just $0.99........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/16/2008 9:48:55 PM)


First beam for Large Hadron Collider

First beam for Large Hadron Collider
An international collaboration of researchers today sent the first beam of protons zooming at nearly the speed of light around the 17-mile-long underground circular path of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. The researchers also accelerated a second beam of protons through the path in the opposite direction, the goal being head-on........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/10/2008 9:01:00 PM)


How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken

How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken
"Daniel Mendelsohn brightens the dour New York Review of Books like few other contributors," writes David Haglund, reviewing How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken for the New York Observer. "This is partly thanks to his subject matter: neither Iraq nor climate change but literature, theater and the movies. It''s also thanks to his - not style, exactly; Mr Mendelsohn''s a gifted writer, but the prose of his essays is less lyrical........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/30/2008 11:36:26 AM)


Start of a Productive Day.....

Start of a Productive Day.....
How do you start your day Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Dmitriy Filippov Most people get out of bed after hitting the snooze a couple of times, then get out of bed, rush to get ready, get the kids out of bed if they have them, then rush to work. The Freelance Folder blog has five steps to get a productive day started. The first suggestion is to get a good night sleep. Everyone needs to get a good nights rest in order to be fully........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/30/2008 9:17:01 AM)


Mobile microwave for your car

Mobile microwave for your car
I had to think for a few minutes to imagine a reason to own this mobile microwave, even though I''ve often thought that a car refrigerator would be handy for cold drinks on the road. I suppose a microwave in the car could be useful if you''re someone who regularly takes long road trips and would rather heat up your own homemade lasagna than eat rest stop fare. Or if you''re a huge picnic fanatic who has to have food served really, really hot,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/30/2008 8:53:07 AM)


On Our Radar: Coco Sumner

On Our Radar: Coco Sumner
Who: Coco Summer, Sting''s 17yr old daughter and the latest addition to Britain''s cool kids on the block - Alice Dellal, Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Alexa Chung etc… What: She starred in Burberry''s SS08 campaign and is musically talented Interesting fact: Her real name is Eliot Pauline Styler Sumne........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/20/2008 4:16:35 PM)


Zoomii

Zoomii
Zoomii is a ''real'' online bookstore with Amazon''s prices, Amazon''s secure payment, and Amazon''s shipping. You can zoom in and out with the mouse wheel, drag with the mouse, and click to see a book.Zoomii gets book data through Amazon''s Associates Web Services. When they refer a sale to them they get a cut thanks to their Associates Program.(via debgpi)........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/8/2008 4:07:09 PM)

TierOneAds launched

TierOneAds launched
After some months of thinking, drawing up ideas and fighting PHP code we have it up and running - TierOneAds. TierOneAds works as an aggregator for publishers and advertisers. We aggregate ad networks like Valueclick and direct advertisers which can sign up fully automated on TierOneAds. Bloggers/ Publishers name us their price they are ready to sell impressions for. We then deliver impressions every time it matches our campaigns - if not........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/3/2008 9:57:22 PM)

Drosanthemum bicolor

Drosanthemum bicolor
Nhu Nguyen, aka xerantheum@Flickr is the photographer behind today''s image (original via BPotD Flickr Group Pool).Thank you The common name for Drosanthemum is dew-flower, which also happens to a literal translation of the name of the genus (drosos meaning dew and anthos meaning flower). This is in reference to the glistening papillae found on branches and flowering stems -- you can see this phenomenon in today''s photograph with a close........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 7/3/2008 9:49:27 PM)

Esquire Creates Iconic Covers

Esquire Creates Iconic Covers
Esquire mag is celebrating its 75th anniversary and has roped in all the major players in fashion to participate in creating copying the original, super-popular covers of yore. Participants include Donatella Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Georgio Armani, John Galliano, Tommy Hilfiger, Alber Elbaz, Sir Paul Smith, and Miuccia Prada. The portfolio will be popping up in the June issue of UK Esquire and will be featured in a special exhibition held in........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/3/2008 9:49:02 PM)

New DNA weapon against avian flu

New DNA weapon against avian flu
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have identified a potential new way to vaccinate against avian flu. By delivering vaccine via DNA constructed to build antigens against flu, along with a minute electric pulse, scientists have immunized experimental animals against various strains of the virus. This approach could allow for the build up of vaccine reserves that could be easily and effectively dispensed in case of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 7/1/2008 9:59:36 PM)

Standards Set for Energy-Conserving LED Lighting

Standards Set for Energy-Conserving LED Lighting
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with national standards organizations, have taken the lead in developing the first two standards for solid-state lighting in the United States. This new generation lighting technology uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of incandescent filaments or fluorescent tubes to produce illumination that cuts energy consumption significantly. Standards are........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/26/2008 8:29:23 PM)

Tiny refrigerator taking shape to cool future computers

Tiny refrigerator taking shape to cool future computers
Researchers at Purdue University are developing a miniature refrigeration system small enough to fit inside laptops and personal computers, a cooling technology that would boost performance while shrinking the size of computers. Unlike conventional cooling systems, which use a fan to circulate air through finned devices called heat sinks attached to computer chips, miniature refrigeration would dramatically increase how much heat could be........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/19/2008 9:15:10 PM)

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Tiny Horse

Tiny Horse
This miniature horse just has to get out! He can''t be confined by the pen anymore. Unfortunately, his miniature brain just has him running in circles. I WANT!........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/9/2008 1:28:38 PM)


The Real Bentley Continental Makes an Unexpected Appearance

The Real Bentley Continental Makes an Unexpected Appearance
Everyone has a favorite classic car and the Bentley Continental is mine. The long hood and fastback configuration based on a luxurious but sporting chassis set off with a typically English wood-and-leather interior, makes for an elegant carriage suited to high-speed drives through the Europe of the 50s and 60s. Examples are relatively rare but the car above will be a highlight of the RM London auction on the 29th of October. A 1938 Bugatti........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/22/2008 10:13:32 PM)


Hunger gives bootstrappers their edge

Hunger gives bootstrappers their edge
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Skip ODonnel (Editor's Note: Entrepreneur Cristian Dorobantescue interviews Mike Michalowicz about the ultimate bootstrapper advantage. I've recently had the chance of interviewing Mike Michalowicz , serial entrepreneur and author of the book The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur One of the subjects we had approached was starting a business on the cheap with little or no outside investment. Mike says........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/16/2008 8:29:26 PM)


Rumination Rock

Rumination Rock
Long-time readers may remember an earlier post I made about leaving some colored glass “gemstones” on Rumination Rock at my forest. I wondered if the local wildlife might collect them and carry them off One stone disappeared right away. One washed off the stone and turned up in the leave litter below it when I poked around. On my last visit to the rock, all of the stones were gone. Were they picked up by critters to embellish a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/6/2008 9:20:34 PM)


How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People.
"Based on Toby Young''s comic memoir of the same title, the crushingly unfunny and slopped-together How to Lose Friends & Alienate People has neither the ambition nor the intelligence to do justice to its source material," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/6/2008 9:20:26 PM)


Goodbye Early Retirement

Goodbye Early Retirement
© Sofia Brightse I once dreamed of early retirement, then I woke up today and watched the stock market plunge once again. Certainly not the first plunge it's taken, and given the fact that this bailout is uncertain, and is not any guaranteed elixir anyway, it may not be the last plunge For those of us who feel like we've played the financial game the right way, it's more than a little disheartening. Yes, history tells us to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/6/2008 9:15:35 PM)


RMI updates the Digital Picture Frame

RMI updates the Digital Picture Frame
The Digital Picture Frame market is booming, and what used to be a handy electronic device for viewing photos is slowly becoming an all-out Home Media Player. This is what RMI is doing as their new application offers video streaming, wireless connectivity, as well as increased on-demand content to any digital photo frame. This application is possible through the use of the RMI Alchemy Au1200 series of connected media processors. So,........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/16/2008 9:49:18 PM)


Donald Trump's New "Celebrity Apprentice" TV Show

Donald Trump's New "Celebrity Apprentice" TV Show
"The Donald" is back on TV with another "Apprentice" series, but this time it is a bunch of celebrities that will be put through his famous torture chamber The celebrity contestants will not be playing for themselves; they will be playing for a million bucks for a charity of their choice There will be fourteen celebrity contestants including Piers Morgan, Stephen Baldwin, Lennox Lewis, and Gene Simmons. Omarosa,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/16/2008 9:49:07 PM)


UC Santa Barbara has key role in Large Hadron Collider project

UC Santa Barbara has key role in Large Hadron Collider project
(Santa Barbara, Calif.) -- Earlier today, some 300 feet below the Earth's surface, in a circular tunnel so extensive that it travels from Switzerland into France and back again, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva fired the first beams of protons that they hope will eventually produce history-making science. A contingent of more than 40 faculty members, graduate........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/10/2008 8:09:13 PM)


The Resurrection of the Pants

The Resurrection of the Pants
Several years ago, I ducked into a small Vermont thrift store. I was in the midst of a summer at camp, and most of my pants had drowned in the torrential rain that dominated my stay there. Strapped for cash and time, I prayed that the thrift store would yield some leg-covering fruits. And lo and behold, 15 minutes later I exited the shop clutching a perfectly faded, comfortable pair of jeans.The jeans hit just above my ankle, which I found to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/9/2008 10:37:41 PM)


Google Android SDK 0.9 released

Google Android SDK 0.9 released
The launch of the first ever Google Android phone came one step closer with the release of the new Google Android SDK version 0.9, approval of HTC Dream by FCC and confirmation of the launch of HTC Dream by T-Mobile Google has recently released the version 0.9 of its Android SDK and also published the Developer Roadmap for rest of this year. This certainly means that things are gearing up for the release of the final version of the Android........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/30/2008 9:24:47 AM)


Sunday repast

Sunday repast
Libby is off to Kentucky for her annual River’s Edge International Film Festival trek (she left on Wednesday, and she’s not due back until tomorrow). That left me a bachelor for the time, and since this is #1 Son Seth’s last weekend home before he goes off to graduate school, where do you suppose we went today? I seem to remember making a similar trip last year when Libby went to the Film Festival. As I recall, the horseflies........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/21/2008 6:35:37 PM)


Going Somewhere?

Going Somewhere?
StreetAdvisor lets you write a review of your street and your town or city, but it can do much more for you too. Other people can read your reviews and you can read reviews other people have written on StreetAdvisor. If you're going on vacation or moving, this can really come in handy. Use StreetAdvisor to help you decide where the best locations are by reading reviews other people have written. Maybe you'll end up changing your........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/21/2008 6:23:18 PM)


The Adventures of Jake: Shower Dilemma

The Adventures of Jake: Shower Dilemma
I don''t know how many of you know this (some of you might remember our twin photo shoot), but I have a twin brother. His name is Jake, and he''s pretty awesome, at least most of the time. In the spirit of copying Winona (because let''s face it; who doesn''t want to copy Winona), I''ve asked him to do a guest post on my blog. Enjoy! And comment lots; it''s his first ever blog post and I want it to be a good experience! He insists that this post........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/20/2008 4:16:25 PM)


Yucca brevifolia

Yucca brevifolia
By special request (from a conversation with a friend on the weekend), here''s an infrared photograph of Yucca brevifolia (along with a non-IR photograph of the inflorescence) Joshua trees have made a previous appearance on BPotD in a brief entry on Joshua Tree National Park. In the comments section, Bill Hooker of Open Reading Frame suggested this article by Chris Clarke on Creek Running North: Joshua trees and extinction. In a bit of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 7/3/2008 9:49:48 PM)

Finding Amanda

Finding Amanda
"Clumsily mashing up Leaving Las Vegas and Hardcore, Finding Amanda follows TV show writer and alcoholic compulsive gambler Taylor (Matthew Broderick) as he travels to Sin City to track down his whoring niece Amanda (Brittany Snow)," writes Nick Schager in Slant. The film''s "inability to find a consistent groove that might best utilize its appealing leads.... is secondary to its overarching unimaginativeness. And in the other corner, Ella........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/3/2008 9:49:16 PM)

China's Dangerous Web Domains

China's Dangerous Web Domains
A recent report by antivirus software vendor McAfee Inc. has found that some of the most dangerous domains on the Internet are in China. That may not be good for companies setting up Internet-based business there In an article on the report, Associated Press Technology Writer Jordan Robertson this:McAfee found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are ".hk" (Hong Kong), ".cn" (China) and ".info"........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 7/2/2008 8:32:56 PM)

Bootstrapping like Xiang Yu

Bootstrapping like Xiang Yu
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Boris Shapiro Just when you thought you'd never here about another tie between business and Chinese warfare, blogger Joshua Baer's Chinese warfare Baer shares this excerpt from a book by Chinese warfare In 210 BC, a Chinese commander named Xiang Yu led his troops across the Yangtze River to attack the army of the Qin (Ch'in) dynasty. Pausing on the banks of the river for the night, his........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 7/2/2008 8:32:40 PM)

Porous Nanostructures For Better Fuel Cells

Porous Nanostructures For Better Fuel Cells
For 5,000 years or so, the only way to shape metal has been to "heat and beat." Even in modern nanotechnology, working with metals involves carving with electron beams or etching with acid. Now, Cornell scientists have developed a method to self-assemble metals into complex nanostructures. Applications include making more efficient and cheaper catalysts for fuel cells and industrial processes and creating microstructured surfaces to make new........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/26/2008 8:35:26 PM)

Discovery could enable development of faster computers

Discovery could enable development of faster computers
Physicists at UC Riverside have made an accidental discovery in the lab that has potential to change how information in computers can be transported or stored. Dependent on the "spin" of electrons, a property electrons possess that makes them behave like tiny magnets, the discovery could help in the development of spin-based semiconductor technology such as ultrahigh-speed computers. The researchers were experimenting with........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/23/2008 7:00:14 PM)

   
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